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Continuing to Train — A Positive Mind
In the Word
[Jesus] said to them, “ … For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20–21 RSV).
Of the Word
Negativity most often leads to negative results. However, positivity brings about different results. Running goals — or any other goals — can only be achieved with positive motivation, hard work, and perseverance.
As strong as a dose of positive thinking is, faith in God can do infinitely more. Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand why they couldn’t cast out demons (Matthew 17:19 RSV), how the fig tree withered (Matthew 21:18–22), or how five loaves of bread and a couple fish could feed over 5,000 people (Matthew 14:13–21). But Jesus explained that even the smallest amount of faith can do seemingly impossible things.
What things are on our minds right now that we have been told are impossible to achieve? What are our deepest worries, our darkest fears, and our biggest dreams? In faith, we approach the throne of God with our prayers. He will hear each of our seemingly impossible requests, and He will give answers that are good for us.
Walking with my Lord
Awesome God, You make all things possible. Increase my faith so that I may confidently approach Your throne, knowing that You hear and answer each of my prayers. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 14/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40196
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